This is a lesson that some MRAs are beginning to learn for themselves. “With all of the kooks inhabiting the manosphere, it was easy for the SPLC to smear anti-feminism,” one MRA site sadlyconcluded after our article appeared. “The problem is larger than just AVfM. Even rational anti-feminist blogs and organizations like the False Rape Society and SAVE [Stop Abusive and Violent Environments] are being tarnished with the same brush because the MRM ‘leadership’ has failed to deal with the kooks.”
Does the SPLC admit that FRS and SAVE are rational? It looks like the SPLC screwed up on that one.
The SPLC gets it wrong because they want to smear the MRM by linking it to white supremacism and other fringe movements. What has happened is that the MRM has become a target for every fringe marginalized group of kooks from white supremacists to conspiracy theorists to traditionalist conservatives to Roissyite gamers to various other groups who are trying to annex the MRM can convert MRAs into members of their own movements. These groups are where the kooks are coming from. The kooks aren’t MRAs. They pretend to have similar views to MRAs in order to make their own movements larger. They think that the growing numbers of disaffected men can be harnessed for their own ends. This doesn’t work, and those fringe groups reveal their true colors and start attacking the MRM. (Often, this will involve some accusations that the MRM is feminism because MRAs want equality for men.) A good place for examples of this is Inmalafide which the SPLC calls a MRM website despite the fact that nearly all the people there now hate the MRM to varying degrees.
The SPLC will never admit to this reality. If they did, then they wouldn’t be able to fake having a legitimate argument against the MRM. That’s why its key for them to link the MRM to blogs like Inmalafide and Roosh despite the fact that both sites have made it clear that they are anti-MRM. The SPLC is trying to the same thing the kooks are, but for different reasons.